02 Mar Coffee at GOTS
Something special brewing during Coffee at GOTS
Parents of pre-schoolers at Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS) had an informative time while having ‘coffee’ at the international school in Shah Alam last week.
The ‘Coffee at GOTS’ initiative was a chance for parents to meet coaches and co-founders Veronica Shepherdson and Low Lay Har.
Last week’s event centered on the pre-schoolers.
Unlike the Parents-Teachers-Meeting which focuses on the academics, ‘Coffee at GOTS’ is an informal setting for parents to speak to the coaches, Shepherdson and Low.
During the session, Shepherdson briefed parents on steps taken to minimise the chances of Covid-19 infection.
The scholars’ temperature is taken each morning to ensure only those without fever attend school.
Parents who have visited China and Singapore will be requested to quarantine their children at home.
All areas are disinfected regularly, while hand sanitisers are readily available and constant checks by the coaches ensure everyone is healthy.
“We have to be a bit paranoid as the safety of all those in school is of paramount importance,” said Shepherdson.
“Symptoms for influenza A are similar to Covid-19, so even those who have flu have been asked to stay away.”
She added plans for an outing – a picnic in the park for the pre-schoolers on March 6 – is on hold as the school is monitoring the situation.
“We will speak to the parents closer to the date to find out what they think.”
But it was not all serious as Head of Pre-primary Chithra Nair and coaches Pushpa Devi Subramaniam and Marissa Juanita Hendroff shared some of the light moments during lessons.
Parents who attended the session said they were surprised by the growth and development of their children.
Alex Lee and Elaine Ong shared how their daughter Lucille who joined GOTS in January, has grown to love the school.
“It was an interesting talk as I learnt so much about what goes on in school,” said Lee.
“Lucille only joined GOTS this year. In the beginning, she was crying and didn’t want to let go of us. But now she can’t wait to come to school.”
Ong said the change is so drastic that the three-year-old now lays out her uniform the night before so she doesn’t waste time getting ready in the morning.
“She decides which colour shirt she wants to use and talks non-stop about school. We are so happy.”
They also said she is able to communicate better with them, a central theme shared by all who attended the session.
Chithra explained how the school is using Jolly Phonics which uses sounds, songs and actions to teach the alphabet.
This led to several parents exclaiming “so that’s why my kid is singing all the time!”
“Yakesh (Parthiban) sings in the car all the time. I now also sing along when I’m driving,” said Anushah Pillai, who has two other children in GOTS.
Chithra also revealed several activities have been lined up for the scholars and GOTS has introduced a special folder where parents and coaches can share information.
This is on top of the communication book which is issued to parents.
“This way, if there is any special request, we can attend to it immediately.”
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